This is an island for the summer months, with relaxing resorts and quiet inland areas for a restful holiday.
The pleasures of Menorca are not to be had in heart-pounding nightclubs or splashing the cash in designer boutiques; instead they are found in more simple pursuits such as going for long walks, driving to find a secluded beach, or simply sitting back, taking in the glorious views and sampling the island's favourite (and island made) tipple of gin. Though if you do fancy something a little more upbeat, Mahon and its harbour have enough shops, markets and museums in which to fritter away some time.
Upon arrival in Menorca, car hire makes it easy to access resort destinations. From Mahon Airport (MAH) it's easy to find your holiday home, whether it's a hotel or self-catering accommodation or a rented villa in the harbour town of Ciudadella, or any of the lovely resorts such as Sa Caleta, with its beach backed by red cliffs, Cala'n Bosch, Son Bou, or the attractive tree-lined bay at Es Canutells.
Car hire in Menorca will make finding isolated family-friendly beaches and quiet villages a breeze and it will be useful for climbing to the not-so dizzying heights of Menorca's highest mountain, El Toro, also known as Monte Toro. While the mountain isn't soaring (at only 357 metres), the roads up there are steep and winding. However, the spectacular 360-degree views are definitely worth the trip.
Other popular resorts include Binibeca, Cala Llonga, Es Castell, S'Algar and Playa de Fornells, one of only a handful of places to stay in the rocky and undeveloped north of the island.